Tragedy as two-year-old boy dies from influenza as horror flu season rips through Australia
- A two-year-boy has died with Influenza A in Queensland after going to hospital
- The boy is the first to die from the virus in Queensland this flu season
- Australia has been a surge in flu cases in recent weeks as tempertures dropped
- Health experts have urged everyone to get vaccianted to combat the illness
A toddler has died with influenza in Queensland as the horror flu season wreaks havoc across the country.
It is understood the two-year-old boy had been admitted to hospital in Gladstone, central Queensland.
He later died from Influenza A.
The boy is the first to die from the virus in Queensland this flu season and the fourth child in Australia this year.
His vaccination status is not yet known.
Australia has been a surge in flu cases in recent weeks as tempertures dropped.
Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital has reported that flu cases for children jumped from just 16 in the entire month of March to 120 in the past fortnight alone – an increase of 500 per cent.
Many states have made flu vaccines free for June in the hope of increasing vaccination rates.
Influenza had become a relative afterthought over the past two years as Covid dominated the headline, with flu infections at ‘historically low levels’.
In 2019, the year before the pandemic, Australia’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reported 313,033 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.